CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

It takes a distinctive prowess and attention to detail to be a machinist. These skilled craftspersons use precision metal cutting and grinding machines to fabricate high-quality parts. They have a keen and intricate understanding of the tools required to measure, cut, drill, form, shape, grind and finish metal, plastic or similar materials.

In the Machinist program, you will learn not only how to produce parts based on engineered drawings, but also how to diagnose and address mechanical malfunctions. In a fast-paced mechanical world where industrial production is at the forefront of innovation, more businesses are relying on machinists to help maximize their overall performance and output.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of the Machinist program, the opportunities for employment are diverse. Machine shops of manufacturing or processing plants, railways, shipyards, refineries, pulp and paper mills, mines and smelters, and private metal working firms are all avenues you can pursue. Graduates are often called upon to produce parts based on engineered drawings, to diagnose malfunctions of production or industrial machinery, to produce the necessary parts or components to return these machines into production or to redesign them as a means of improving the performance of the machine.  A multitude of opportunities exists for specialists in this field.

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    Specific Considerations

    Key attributes for people entering this trade are: communication skills, mechanical aptitude, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, an ability to work independently, and a clear understanding of mathematics and physics. Physical condition is important because the work often requires considerable standing and handling heavy objects.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Workplace Safety Practices
    • Layout and Benchwork
    • Lathes
    • Saws and Drill Presses
    • Milling Machines
    • Grinders
    • Welding
    • Metallurgy
    • Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Communication
    • Computerized Numerical Control (CNC)
    • Work Practicum

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course provides learners with an understanding of the basics of metallurgy. Instruction includes identification and selection criteria of materials, inspection and testing procedures, and heat treatment methods.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    In this course, the students are presented with a balance of theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics. Instructional emphasis is focussed on the information, principles and formulas required to perform trade related mathematical calculations.


    • MATH1269A

    Learners are equipped to identify lathe components, accessories, and tooling. They learn to grind cutting tools and carry out basic lathe operations according to appropriate safety standards.

    This course provides instruction into the types and characteristics of drill presses as well as the tooling and processes typically performed on them.

    Learners acquire the knowledge and abilities to set up and operate cut-off saws and contour band saws.

    Learners are introduced to basic vertical and horizontal milling setups and operational procedures. They will perform basic mill operations commonly required in most machine shops.

    This course introduces learners to abrasive machining processes. They learn characteristics of modern abrasives as well as the basic operations of off-hand, surface, and cylindrical grinding.

    In this course learners gain proficiency in the techniques used to perform more complex lathe operations through practice.


    • META1154A

    Learners gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the techniques used to perform advanced lathe operations.


    • META1148A

    Learners gain proficiency in the techniques used to perform more complex vertical and horizontal milling setups and operational procedures through practice.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    In this course, learners focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job in a trade.


    In this course, learners focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide learners with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables learners to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the learners to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course will provide learners with the ability to interpret industrial drawings and produce freehand sketches.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


      This course is designed to familiarize learners with types of measurement, layout, and bench tooling. They learn techniques enabling them to accurately lay out basic projects and perform bench tasks typical to the machinist trade.

      This course introduces learners to basic cutting and arc welding operations. Safe practices and use of oxy-acetylene and electric-arc welding equipment are emphasized.

      NOC Codes

      72100 - Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
      72101 - Tool and die makers
      72405 - Machine fitters
      94106 - Machining tool operators

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